Wednesday, June 22, 2022

A Quiet Corner

 ~Hello Friends~
Wanted to pop in and say Hi.
I've had another post about ready to go for some time,
but there's something holding me back.
I don't really stress over this any more.
I just roll with it.
We are all aware there is a lot going on all around us.
Wherever you are,
make it someplace you enjoy.
When we moved into the cottage,
there was much to do as there always is when one moves.
I couldn't believe how much "garbage" there was around.
I've picked up so many pieces of plastic and glass, it's crazy.
There was/is this corner behind the summer kitchen 
to the side of the back yard.
It was a complete eye-sore.
Don't believe me?
Here, I'll show you.
(I had already begun picking up rocks.)

Once we got somewhat settled into the house,
I started in on the yard.
It's forever a work in progress, 
but it's now a usable space.
The extra asphalt from the drive was dumped here 
and not leveled.
There was a pile of river rock partially scattered.
There were several railroad ties around the place.
And did you notice the weeds?
It took a ton of work, but it's paying off.
This is as it was this morning 
with projects in process and all (no staging, haha.)
It's not yet all I envision,
but it's getting closer.
My beans are beginning to run up the bean wall
which is to the right in the picture.
By the time we get the really hot weather,
they should be up and providing shade from the west.
If someone stops by, this is often where we end up.
It's been a lesson really.
There are sooo many things I have no control over.
There are so many things I can neither change or even influence.
What I can do is take care of what I do have influence over.
I can make little changes that effect us
and those close to us.
It's a little safe-haven from the rest of the world.
It doesn't mean I'm not aware of what's going on.
It means I am aware and am doing something right here
where it matters.
That's what I can do so I'm doing it.
Is it perfect?
Is it more than or better than doing nothing?
You betchya!
If the world is making you feel helpless,
make a change you can see and feel even if it's a small one.
Then do so again tomorrow.
Soon instead of a pile of asphalt, rocks, and weeds,
you'll have a little oasis to retreat to when you need a break.
You'll make a change.

Take heart and be well dear friends~

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Fixing the Commenting Issue (how to)

 It appears I'm not the only one with the issue
of not letting me comment on other blogs (or even my own!)
without being annon or typing in my name and url.
I think I got it figured out so thought I'd share.

Up here in the corner,
you should have your little picture in two spots.
Like this
The bottom one indicates I'm signed into blogger.
The smaller one above it is where it shows that I'm signed into google.
I didn't have that smaller one when I couldn't comment. 
Do you see the 3 little dots to the right of the smaller icon?
Click on those 3 dots and this drop down should appear.
When that drop-down appears, click on settings.
That will take you to the magical screen that causes the issue.
Here is where I found my issue.
My search engine, default browser and start up were all different.
I'm not sure I've cured it 100%, but at least I can be signed in now.
I had 3 different default browser addresses listed
and no search engine selected.
Then in start up,
I made sure it had the google address.
Now when I start my computer, it asks who is using it
and I can click on my image and name and it signs me in.

If I did anything else, it was on accident, and I don't know what it was.
Hope this helps~


Tuesday, May 24, 2022

But It's a Good Tired

 You can find me in the garden ~

Well, this is a garden too, heehee.
Where to start?
I guess by sitting down for a moment.
I've been on the go.
Between work and regular home activities like
cooking and cleaning, etc. in addition to
getting the garden in and trying to clean up after winter,
it's been fun.
The summer kitchen is a hot mess.
I've somehow amassed a collection of items that require repair.
How does that happen?
I have just about everything planted.
I think there is one cuke waiting for me.
We've been eating radishes, and the lettuce is looking promising.
We have new planter boxes this year.
They are now all planted, but you wouldn't believe 
what it takes to fill each of those things.
Photo bomb curtesy of Ness as well 
as wood chips from filling the bottom half of each one.
I have a huge pile of pots to scrub but that's another story.
This past weekend,
we hiked 9 miles and equivalent of 74 flights of stairs.
We went back to our old hunting ground
which is where the first photo was taken.
We were looking for morels.
We didn't find any, but found 7-8 lbs. of calf-brain mushrooms
which are Hubby's favorite so he's happy.
We've been fortunate so far this year.
It's been a mild spring, and we've enjoyed occasional rains.
Last year, it seemed like the sun came out from its winter's nap and turned to triple digits immediately.
So, we are thankful everyday of this real spring.
This isn't a long post, but I wanted to let you all know
what was going on around here.
I need to snap some real pictures with or without 
feline assistance and share what's growing.

I am having troubles leaving comments on blogs.
It says I need to sign into Google
which I am already signed into.
If I click on the button to sign in, 
it takes me back to the home page of my blog.
For some there is a drop down, and I can type my name and url.
Others won't let me at all.
I might try unfollowing and re-following 
to see if that does anything.
It really is discouraging.
If any of you know of a fix, please share in the comments.
It seems like there is something in privacy settings
that needs to be switched on,
but I can't remember what.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Tools Are For Using

 Have you ever had something occur
multiple times within a relatively short period of time
so much so that you took notice?
Well, over the past couple weeks, 
there has been a trend that actually irks me a little
(or a lot but I'm being nice here.)
I had a birthday recently and the day of my birthday,
Hubby took me to a Vintage Peddlers event
and a couple estate sales.
This was nice on multiple accounts.
First, everyone seemed so happy to be back "out."
These were the first of such events in two years.
So many smiles that are no longer hidden.
It felt good to hear clearly and see those smiles.
Secondly, I did find a couple goodies.
I've been on a book fetish for about the past month
and found 4 or 5 new to me books.
"Household Manual" is C. 1874 and lists opium 
as a treatment for various ailments.  
It's intriguing, but I probably won't use that advice.
I also found a new piece of cast iron that intrigued me.
It's a Scotch pot so has a rounded bottom.

I use cast iron almost every day so it's not like it won't get used.
The rounded bottom is for porridge and broth and
things that have to be stirred constantly so they don't scorch.
While researching this, I came across a beautiful old cauldron
that was advertised as having holes already drilled in the bottom
so it was ready for planting.
They ruined it!  Blasphemy!
I already have a cauldron and have used it a couple times.
I love it and consider it a very valuable tool.

Another thing I found extremely reasonably
was this cultivator.
Never mind the feline photo bomb.
The metal is in surprisingly good condition.
As I told the lady I wanted it and was paying for it,
she said it will look lovely in a flower garden.
I minded myself and thanked her nicely.
It has a purpose!
It is actually an adjustable dual cultivator.
I've ordered new handles and will condition the metal 
when I replace the handles. 
After that, I will use it in the garden. 
It is such that I can weed on either side of a row with one pass.
Then lastly, I found a couple little old iron trivets.
I washed them and want to put little tabs on the feet prior to using them, but this is the kicker.
My own mom ~
Oh those are cute.  Are you going to hang them on the wall?
When I answered rather like a crazy woman
that they were a tool not an ornament,
and why do people want to use tools as decorations,
and maybe more people should be working and using tools
rather than decorating things.
She laughed at/with me.
(I was not mad, just in a comical rant.)

It has made me think though.
Maybe this really is part of what is wrong with today.
I am aware there are many blessings in every day.
Please don't think I am not thankful for them.
Even the above scenarios,
I am thankful they were brought to light.
Maybe, just maybe, we tend to see others
for their decorative qualities rather than their real purpose.
If we can get past the goofy hair style
or the old fashioned clothes or the way they speak,
maybe we can see the real purpose
of them as a person.
I am as guilty as the next person.
I am not into colored hair or trendy fashions
so tend to think a certain way about those who choose such.
It's no more right of me to think my way
than it would be for them to think whatever they might of me
with my silver strands standing among the others
 just like they belong there and my work clothes that even 
when clean have stains and occasional frays.
If we can put our biases on hold for a moment or two and listen to what others say or to what kindness they might mean
then we might at least get a glimpse of them as a person.
We don't have to like everybody.
With all honesty, we most certainly won't like everybody.
That's okay.
It would however, be nice if we didn't automatically
peg them to a wall, drill them, or put them out.
We can treat them as we know we should.
Even if we don't have use for their purpose,
someone might come along who will give them a handle or two
and help them live to their purpose.